Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify in the Senate on Tuesday and in the House on Wednesday about Facebook’s ongoing data-privacy scandal and how it failed to guard against other breaches. This follows revelations that the company had released data of nearly 87 million users to a third party, Cambridge Analytica.
The data was allegedly used by the political consultancy firm to influence voters in a bid to sway the UK and US elections. Zuckerberg will also testify in the House on Wednesday. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, as well as the Committee on Energy and Commerce, are holding two separate hearings on Facebook’s data privacy scandal.
According to Associated Press (AP), the company Zuckerberg sounded contrite and in a written statement to the US Congress admitted his company “didn’t do enough” to protect user data and prevent its platform from being for used for inappropriate activities. The House Energy and Commerce Committee released his opening testimony Monday, as Zuckerberg was also meeting privately with lawmakers ahead of his first time testifying on Capitol Hill.
"It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well," Zuckerberg's written statement read. “That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy,” the billionaire CEO said. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
AP's report also indicates that, Zuckerberg is likely to meet Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley in Washington.